There can be no better introduction to the magic of India, its splendour and diversity, than the words of India’s great poet Allama Iqbal: “The great civilizations of Greece, Rome and Egypt have vanished from this earth, but the unique identity of Indian civilization survives”.
It is the land about which the great philosopher Rabindranath Tagore wrote:
1. Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
2. Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls
3. Where words come out from the depth of truth
4. Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
5. Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
6. Where the mind is led forward…”
This is India – the land of magic and mystery, of dazzling beauty and exotic charms. Where the centuries co-exist and the modern blends seamlessly into the ancient. Where hospitality is ...view middle of the document...
India is a fairytale, a continent, several countries rolled into one. India satisfies every taste and desire - from sun and sand to mountains and snow, from ancient monuments to adventure holidays, from gentle traditions and customs to rugged landscapes and daunting rivers and valleys. India is paradise – at any time of the year! The land blessed by the gods!
Fall in love with India, with its legendary palaces, temples and forts. Savour its spectacular music, dance and folklore. Excite your mind and body with rafting, gliding, trekking and desert safaris. And then calm yourself with yoga. Or go tracking wildlife in one of India’s numerous forest reserves. Treat yourself to an amazing array of arts, crafts and materials, at bargain prices.
Great religions took birth and root in India, among them Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Ancient Indian texts like the Vedas go back several thousand years and are treasure houses of philosophy, spiritual insight, knowledge and treatises on subjects like science and medicine. Sanskrit, the root language of India, was an advanced and well formulated system. It is the basis of modern computer languages. India invented the decimal system and bequeathed zero to the world. Astronomy and medicine are Indian inventions.
More than any other building, the Taj Mahal is the symbol of India to the world. This 17th century monument is a dream in marble, an eternal symbol of love and fidelity. The focus of countless romantic stories and colourful fantasies, it has fascinated artists and photographers, poets and dreamers, travelers and writers. This supreme example of architectural genius is a tribute to the wonder that was, is and shall forever be India.
To visit this land of eternal, enchanting beauty all you need is a valid passport and visa. A special license is required to photograph protected monuments using a flash and tripod. There are some conditions for bringing in certain personal goods such as film, video cameras, liquor, tobacco and weapons, while all high value articles and professional materials must be declared on arrival and re-exported on departure. All of India is on the same time, GMT + 5 hours 30 minutes, throughout the year. Voltage is 220 AC 50 cycles and international telephone and postal connections are available everywhere..